Monster jailed for murdering Nikki Allan, 7, after 31-year mystery launches freedom bid as he appeals conviction | The Sun

A MONSTER jailed for murdering Nikki Allan after a 31-year mystery has launched a freedom bid.

Paedophile David Boyd, 55, has appealed his conviction over the murder of the seven-year-old who disappeared in 1992.

Boyd was told he must serve a minimum of 29 years before being considered for parole.

But he's now lodged an appeal against conviction and the length of his sentence.

Nikki's mum Sharon Henderson told the Mirror: "I was shocked when I was told that he was appealing against the conviction.

"He had his opportunity to protest his innocence in court. But he did not say a word."

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Sharon, 56, has called for a public inquiry into the original Northumbria Police probe.

She's said: "Life should mean life. He should never be freed."

Boyd was found guilty of luring Nikki to her death in a derelict building in Sunderland on October 7, 1992.

Once inside, the 55-year-old, whose partner was Nikki's babysitter, bludgeoned the youngster with a brick and stabbed her 37 times in the heart.

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Boyd then dragged Nikki downstairs "into the blackness of the basement" by her legs before dumping her tiny body in a darkened corner.

Her shoes and coat were discovered the following morning by people searching for her.

Northumbria Police Commissioner Kim McGuinness, who met Sharon to discuss the case, added: "This man has put her through a horrendous ordeal and it is time he faced up to his actions.

"Sharon is a brave, fearless campaigner for justice. I hope the courts do the right thing and throw out this appeal and end this woman's torment."

Newcastle Crown Court heard that Boyd was a cold-blooded killer who had a long history of sexual offences involving young girls.

But he had to be jailed according to guidelines in place at the time of the offence.

Nikki was last seen by a witness playing outside a block of flats where she lived and skipping behind Boyd.

New DNA techniques extracted traces of Nikki's clothing in a breakthrough that ultimately led police to Boyd.


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The schoolgirl's killing led to a 30-year mystery that saw innocent man George Heron stand trial for murder.

Mr Heron had to leave Sunderland to begin a new life, despite being found not guilty.

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